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ESPN Article on Producing Elite US Players

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Earlier this morning, Coach Neilsen posted a link to a great article on ESPN by John Buccigross about producing elite US players.  It’s definitely a good read:


While you’re checking out links, head over to Coach Neilsen’s website and enjoy some of his content!



Qualities Coaches & Scouts Look For

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Here’s an article from Minnesota Hockey outlining some key points coaches and scouts look for in hockey players:

Download the PDF from Minnesota Hockey

Certainly some great points for players to take into their tryouts!


Coaching to Develop Players

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Minnesota Hockey puts out a great newsletter every month with lots of great resources.  In the most recent article, they put out a brief article on Coaching to Develop Players, and the importance of stressing fundamentals.  I wanted to share the link with everyone:

Minnesota Hockey’s “Coaching to Develop Players” (PDF)

Let me know what you think about this article by leaving a comment below.


Bench Management – Lineup Card [Download]

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Managing the bench during game situations can be difficult at best.  Players get hurt, equipment fails, penalties are called – you name it, it changes your game plan.  Good coaches are able to react and make decisions quickly.  One of the tools I’ve found most useful over the years has been the lineup card.  This allows me to quickly glance down and know my first choice for most situations.  It is also extremely useful if you’re in a game where line match-ups are important.  I’ve provided a PDF download of the template I use for my lineup cards.  It includes 4 offensive and defensive lines, 2 goaltenders, 2 power play units, 2 penalty kill units, two groups for end of the game play (pulling goalie, or defending a one-goal lead), and areas for notes and diagrams.  I hope you find this useful in your coaching!

» Download the HockeyShare Lineup Card (PDF)


5 Great Hockey Resources

Don Lucia speaking on coaches and parents in youth hockey.

The Magic Hockey Helmet – great insight from the mind of a kid!

Great tips for players of all positions from Let’s Play Hockey:

Golden Rules for Forwards
Golden Rules for Defensemen
Golden Rules for Goalies


Stat Tracking Forms

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Keeping statistics for your season can prove to be a daunting task. Lots of parents are hesitant to take on the role, and finding the best way to track them can be a pain.  Over the past several seasons, we have come up with some formats that seem to work very well.  Below are download links to some of the blank forms we’ve found useful.

HockeyShare Stat Tracker (PDF)
HockeyShare Stat Tracker (XLS)

HockeyShare Face Off Tracker (PDF)
HockeyShare Plus/Minus Tracker (PDF)
HockeyShare Shot Tracker (PDF)

Game Stat Sheet (PDF) [Contributed by forum user Blue Chicago]

If you have forms you’d like to share, please send me an email!



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